Ohio-Sponsored COVID-19 Vaccine Pop-Up Clinic Opens March 18-20

Cincinnatians who receive their first Pfizer vaccine dose at the pop-up will be guaranteed their second dose at the same site a few weeks later.

Vaccine being administered - Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Vaccine being administered

Cincinnati’s state-sponsored pop-up vaccination clinic will open at Cintas Center on March 18, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says in a news release.

Approximately 25,000 Pfizer vaccines will be available at the pop-up clinic to Ohio residents who are eligible for vaccination according to the state’s phased plan.

As DeWine announced on Monday, Ohio will move into Phase 1D and Phase 2B of its vaccine rollout on March 11. Phase 1D brings in people with medical conditions that were not included in previous phases, such as type 2 diabetes and end-stage renal disease. Phase 2B brings in Ohioans who are age 50 and older.

The Pfizer vaccine is a two-dose vaccine. To be fully vaccinated, a person should receive the doses 21 days apart, the CDC says. The vaccine takes about two weeks after the second dose to kick in. The CDC recommends that those who are fully vaccinated continue following safety protocols like masking and avoiding crowds when in public until a larger percentage of the region and nation can get vaccines.

The vaccination pop-up at Cintas Center, 1624 Herald Ave., will be operated by Kroger in cooperation with Cincinnati Public Health, Hamilton County Public Health, and the Health Collaborative. The clinic will offer approximately 10,000 first doses and 10,000 second doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

Cincinnatians who receive their first dose of vaccine at the pop-up will be guaranteed their second dose at the same site a few weeks later.

Vaccinations at the pop-up clinic will be administered in two doses on the following dates:

  • First dose dates: March 18, 19 and 20, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Second dose dates: April 8, 9 and 10, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

In addition, approximately 2,500 first doses and 2,500 second doses will be administered in Kroger stores located in Cincinnati communities that could be disproportionately impacted by the virus. Kroger clinic locations will be announced later.

As of Wednesday, details for how to register for vaccines at the clinic have not been released.

The supply for the pop-up clinics comes from a reallocation of unused doses that were originally earmarked for long-term care facilities throughout the Buckeye State.

As CityBeat previously reported, DeWine announced March 5 that 15 permanent mass-vaccination sites will open this month around the state, including in Cincinnati. The new clinics would be able to administer 300-3,000 vaccines per day, depending on the location, supply and demand. The clinics will open as more vaccine supply becomes available and will remain in place until they are no longer needed, the governor says.

Learn about Ohio’s coronavirus vaccine efforts at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

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